This is an analysis of the poem On Himself that begins with:

A wearied pilgrim I have wander'd here,
Twice five-and-twenty, bate me but one year;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 0101011101 1111011111 1111000111 1110111111 1101110101 1110111101 1111010011 0111111111 1111010111 1111011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 459
  • Average number of words per stanza: 91
  • Amount of lines: 10
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, have, but, his are repeated.

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  • summary of On Himself;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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